Added 2 bolts and 2 pins to the 3rd. pitch recently. This should help get rid of the runout and clarify where the route goes. It was a little hard to figure out what to do before. Good luck and I hope people enjoy it - Eric
We went to do it a month or so ago and bailed after the 2nd pitch, we had a hard time figuring out where the 3rd pitch went, it looked a bit too run out, and we figured it would be hard to bail from any higher. Nice poision oak bush and the start. We will go back some day soon.
While we were there we met Bob, who was putting up new routes on the slab below the Edge. We ended up doing two of these routes.
This is great stuff. And the usual effusive thanks to those who put the routes up and provide the info. Clint, one humorous typo to correct in some future version of the Edge topo: a .04" cam is one mighty small unit!
In keeping with Gabel tradition, Ian and I climbed Kat Pinnacle on Saturday. We had a stellar day, including loose rock, fractured pins, an incredible 5.7 flaring chimney, and as a bonus a stuck rope. Great fun, beer, and adventure. On Sunday we climbed the Leaning Tower Traverse which is an incredibly fun route. I highly recommend. Perhaps the easiest way to the top of the tower!
Don't believe the rumors - it is NOT an R/X climb and we felt it to be much closer to the 5.5 it has been rated than others have (you might be able to call it 5.6 awkward/slightly loose in places).
I bootied a locker at Kat pinnacle and Ian bootied an offset dmm cam Sunday!
When starting the 3rd pitch of Absurdity.... the move around the corner, above the "Absurd Edge" seemed a little improbable. Was this the right move? Didn't see any other way that wasn't totally off route.
I didn't try it myself, but watching my partner was a little unnerving.
All this went down early Oct. 08. Was very happy with the little bit we did. Want to return soon, I haven't had to retreat in a long time. Maybe the way is a little more painted now. Thanks
P1 is the easy poison oak pitch. P2 is the great crack. P3 wanders up and right, and p4 is the mental crux. I think you're talking about P4 not P3, if so you were on the right path. You traverse right for 10 ft, pull the crux (of the pitch, 2 moves, very blind) then follow the edge to get some pro. It's spooky. I pitched off of it there. Probably due to my mental inability to commit. It was 15 minutes or so of starting the move then backing off, by the time I'd mustered up the balls, my feet were wasted and greased. That's not the only pucker pitch either.
I led 3 pitches and followed 4. I wouldn't call it a super well protected route, but it's an adventure route. Super fun. Think of it as a 5.8 for 5.10 leaders.